LPS will feed city youth, despite holiday



Just because Monday is the beginning of a week-long vacation for Lawton Public Schools students doesn’t mean the district will stop feeding children.Just call it an extension of the Thanksgiving spirit and one that will extend into Christmas.Monday, LPS’ child nutrition program will be set up in the front drive of Central Middle School at Cache Road and Fort Sill Boulevard to provide seven days worth of meals to youths: every student who attends Lawton Public School (virtually and in-person) and every child in Lawton under the age of 18. Fourteen meals (seven days worth of breakfast and seven days of lunch) will be handed out between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., said Daniel Ghrayyeb, LPS director of child nutrition.Those who come don’t have to provide documentation, but they will be asked for the names and ages of their child (children), for district records.Ghrayyeb said his department already has been handing out a week’s worth of meals to LPS virtual students and non-LPS students under age 18 each Monday since late September, so this week’s holiday project is a continuation of an established program that is working well. And, the experience and lessons the nutrition program gained over the summer and into the fall allows LPS to provide more than cereal and the makings for sandwiches.That process is easier now because of an investment the district made: packing machines.“We’re packing all the cooked meals,” Ghrayyeb said, explaining the district’s nutrition …